There are a few questions I’d like for my fellow movie lovers to ask themselves before we get into the topic of discussion today. Why do we watch films? If not entertainment, then what is the purpose of cinema in our lives? And to what levels can a film impact you? One of the many reasons why I watch films is because films possess this manic quality of being able to transport you into the realms of our own self well beyond the identities and facades we keep up in our quotidian existence. And it is this journey to self-discovery that makes cinema such a profound and thought provoking experience. Like Hossain Sabzian in Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘Close Up’, our inner worlds crave for a sense of acceptance and it is this relentless desperation that leads us to the paths of self-discovery. We all breathe every second of this life for a purpose. We may never know it.
But cinema, I believe, could lead you to unexplored paths and a journey leading to eventual self discovery. Here’s the list of top movies about self discovery movies ever. You can watch some of these best self discovery movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
1. Wild Strawberries (1957)
Ingmar Bergman’s godlike ability to voyage into the sheer depths of human psyche is unparalleled in all of cinema. ‘Wild Strawberries’ was one among the many masterpieces that he made in his prolific career. The film tells the story of Isak Borg, a stubborn and egotistical professor who travels to his former university to receive an honorary degree. This unforgettable journey transpires him of his true self and past life consumed by self-importance and cynicism and forces him to introspect his actions and re-discover his own existence in life. Borg, plagued by nightmares that are eerie reflections of his past life and his disturbed inner psyche, realizes what it means to be a human and what it takes to exist in this world, finding an inexplicably profound sense of inner peace within himself.
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2. Three Colors: Blue (1993)